Professional Experience

Background & Expertise

Research Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
Northwestern University

October 2021 - Present

  • Synthesis of novel molecular machines and their related functional materials

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Chemistry
Northwestern University
Advisor: Sir J. Fraser Stoddart

December 2016 - September 2021

  • Synthesis of novel molecular machines and their related functional materials

Graduate Student
Department of Chemistry
Carnegie Mellon University
Advisor: Kevin Noonan and Tomasz Kowalewski

August 2011 - September 2016

  • Synthesis of sequence controlled conjugated polymer

  • Developing methodology for controlled polymerization of conjugated materials such as polythiophenes and polyfurans using Kumada, Stille and Suzuki catalyst-transfer polycondensation 

  • Synthesizing benzobisthiaphospholes as a main group element incorporating conjugated building block for optoelectronic materials

  • Designing phosphorus atom modified salen ligand for olefin polymerization

Undergraduate Student
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Peking University
Advisor: Demin Zhou

September 2009 - May 2011

  • Modifying oleanane-type triterpenes (oleanolic acid) as potential new class of HCV entry inhibitors by conjugation of this new lead with a disaccharide, which removed the undesired hemolytic effect and, more importantly, increased its potency by ∼5-fold compared with the precursor